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Publisher's Summary

Funny, scary, and touching true stories from Yellowstone wildlife photographers, rangers, guides, and trackers who've accidentally come face-to-face with grizzly bears and bison, who've camped out in -70 degree temperatures, and much more. From a Wall Street Journal best-selling author and wildlife photographer whose award-wining Yellowstone imagery is displayed in the Smithsonian.
©2017 Carolyn Jourdan and Sandy Sisti (P)2017 Carolyn Jourdan and Sandy Sisti

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  • kgohl
  • WORCESTER, VT, United States
  • 09-12-17

Interesting but disjointed

This book about animals in Yellowstone seems to be composed of a series of short reports on animal behavior from four or five people. The chapters, organized by animal, tend to be repetitious, especially the first chapter on bears. Still, it's an interesting read, especially if you are a hiker looking for information on animal behavior around humans. My main complaint is that it needs a good editor.

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Animal Personalities, the Majesty of Yellowstone

If you could sum up Dangerous Beauty in three words, what would they be?

Yellowstone Life Cycles

What did you like best about this story?

The stories of life in Yellowstone National Park. The personalities of the bears and other animals, the interaction of Nature, Wildlife, the Park Service and visitors. Makes me want to be there too!

Which scene was your favorite?

The first story of Scarface, then the discovery of familial connections!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me appreciate our National Parks, and how lucky we are to have them. And our obligation to preserve them for generations to come.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion, this Audible work is worth the credit and my listening time. It is certainly worth many relistenings!

Thanks for the opportunity to listen and offer my opinions on this work! A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

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An Awesome nature book, so wonderful!

What made the experience of listening to Dangerous Beauty the most enjoyable?

Dangerous Beauty: Stories from the Wilds of Yellowstone by Carolyn Jourdan and Sandy Sisti is an outstanding nature book that toyed with all my emotions. One minute I am smiling, another minute I am angry, and the next I am near tears. I had all sorts of emotions in-between too. This book is filled with a variety of great stories of the many awesome animals and beautiful nature itself of Yellowstone. The love of this magnificent place shines through with each story, the love for the animals, the plants, the land, and their jobs. I enjoyed this book so much, I didn't want the book to end. I was given an audio book to listen to by the publishers. The narrator had a calm and perfect voice for this book, and added plus to an already great book. The review is voluntary. I hope everyone has a chance to read this charming, delightful book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did!

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Ready For Your Roadtrip

Delightfully entertaining. Great for a roadtrip and it is a great reminder that our National Parks are still wild places. Great stories and I enjoyed the narration as well.

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  • Joyce
  • Miamisburg, OH, United States
  • 09-30-17

Flora And Fauna Of Some Of The National Parks

My first introduction to the bear books was 'The Bear In The Back Seat' by Kim DeLozier. It was similar to this as it was experiences of park rangers, but I thought it was far funnier. This was good, but a bit stiff for my taste to be in the comedy section.

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Bears and Wildlife become more Personal

Would you consider the audio edition of Dangerous Beauty to be better than the print version?

I'm not sure, but listening to stories of wildlife I have followed or seen in Yellowstone had me in tears, both of joy and sorrow. Loved it.

What did you like best about this story?

Just as above. Scarface, Blaze, Raspberry have all been some of my favorite grizzlies, and hearing stories about someone who saw them often was really fun for me.

Have you listened to any of Eric Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. He was great

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Keep it wild

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WOW! Wonderful book!

This is the best book I have read in a very long time. With every story I felt as if I were there. So beautifully illustrated and written. I typically rush through reading. I skipped days just to keep from finishing it! I didn't want it to end. Thank each and everyone who contributed to writing this book! Truly amazing!!!

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Interesting true accounts.

I enjoyed listening to this book with my nearly 7 year old son. We live in Alaska where bears and other dangerous wildlife are real concerns, so I make it a point to impress upon him the necessity of vigilance with these animals. Some of the stories in this book certainly helped bring these warnings to life.

Despite this healthy respect, however, my son loves animals more than anything, and there were also many more lighthearted tales here to entertain and interest him. Plenty interesting for an adult, as well!

The narration was excellent, and fit perfectly.

I received a copy of this book free from the author, publisher or narrator and have voluntarily left this review. This did not affect the thoughts and opinions I have expressed.

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A window into Yellowstone

If you've never been to Yellowstone, or even if you're like me and get to visit a few times a year, this book will make you feel like you live there. So many stories I'd never heard and many stories that gave additional information to stories I thought I knew. This book is a must read for nature/wildlife photographers and lovers of nature.

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Surprisingly Heartfelt & Interesting

What made the experience of listening to Dangerous Beauty the most enjoyable?

I liked that there were different stories that were not only told by different people, but they intertwined stories of the families and didn't leave you guessing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I would have to say Scarface. He obviously was a tough guy, as most grizzly bears are. :)

Which character – as performed by Eric Martin – was your favorite?

Again, it would be Scarface...just from the story line and the narrator, you could tell he had HEART!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

**SPOILER ALERT**I actually teared up when I found out that one of the baby cubs didn't make it through the winter.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.